Commercial real estate firm Franklin Street is making Jacksonville a priority.
The company, headquartered in Tampa, is making strides to grow its local office to include professionals across all CRE disciplines by hiring investment sales brokers and leasing professionals for industrial, multifamily, office and retail.
Franklin Street’s big plans for Jacksonville come at a time when the First Coast area is seeing incredible growth in population as well as interest from businesses and real estate developers and investors both from outside and inside of the state.
While there isn’t a specific headcount goal, Franklin Street will also add support staff jobs in addition to the new brokers and will also add a research division to produce Jacksonville-specific industry data.
Altogether, the company’s growth plans amount to a huge change for the Jacksonville market, which traditionally has a smaller footprint than other Florida or Southeastern cities.
Leading that growth effort is Laura Gonzales, who has been named Franklin Street’s regional managing director for the Jacksonville market.
Gonzales joined Franklin Street in December 2019 as director of capital markets, focusing on debt and equity originations. She was a top producer in the company in her first year, according to information from the company. Gonzales brings more than 20 years of banking experience and relationships to her roles with Franklin Street.